All of the shopping got me to thinking about my personal favorite Nerf gun, the Nerf Crossbow.
This purple monster was the first Nerf gun to fire both arrows and darts, which was great because you could use any ammo you found. It also had a pretty good kick compared to the other Nerf products at the time, and a very practical design. In fact, it has become the gun most sought after by collectors and modders alike. If you remove the "bow" part of the toy, it becomes a cool-looking shotgun. Sadly, mine was lost in a move, and a replacement has been too hard and too costly to find. But it will always hold a special place in my heart.